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Jonah Hill: His best performances so far

15 August 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

I don’t think that Jonah Hill quite gets the appreciation that he deserves within the industry. Yes, he’s been cited by Oscar twice with Academy Award nominations in Best Supporting Actor (the first for Moneyball and the second for The Wolf of Wall Street) and has anchored a hugely successful comedy franchise, but still, he comes off as under-appreciated. Perhaps when he makes his directorial debut in a year or so that will change, but for now, he’s still underrated in my book. This week, he has a new film out in War Dogs, which could be another hit on his resume. He also has last week’s successful Sausage Party, an animated movie in which he is one of the voices. He certainly keeps busy, right? For those of you who are curious, War Dogs is dramedy about two young men who became unlikely gun runners. »

- Joey Magidson

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Interview – Aubrey Plaza on Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

5 August 2016 9:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Born in Delaware, Aubrey Plaza’s career is testament to the rewards of hard work, determination and talent. Best known for her role as April Ludgate on the hit NBC comedy Parks And Recreation, Plaza’s path to international success began with internships and assistant jobs.

She has played improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and has appeared at the Laugh Factory and The Improv. A role on the online series The Jeannie Tate Show brought her to mainstream attention, and she was cast as Seth Rogen’s love interest in Judd Apatow’s Funny People in 2009. The same year, she was cast on Parks And Recreation, which ultimately ran for seven seasons and 125 episodes.

Other film roles include Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Safety Not Guaranteed and Life After Beth. She recently co-starred with Zac Efron in the movie Dirty Grandpa.

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ Director Blasts MPAA Over ‘Suicide Squad’s’ PG-13 Rating

3 August 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Filmmaker and comedian Mike Birbiglia doesn’t understand why the MPAA gave his new movie “Don’t Think Twice” an R-rating while allowing the violence-laden “Suicide Squad” a PG-13.

Suicide Squad has machine gun killings and bombings and got a PG-13 rating. @Dontthinkmovie gets an R because adults smoke pot. Confusing?” Birbiglia said on Wednesday.

He later wrote “F— the MPAA” but deleted the tweet.

A spokesman for the MPAA told Variety the org declined to comment on the matter.

Filmmaker Judd Apatow, who directed and produced “Trainwreck,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People,” “This Is 40” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin, responded sympathetically to Birbiglia on Twitter:

“Studios own the ratings board. Violence sells so they make pot and sex the scary thing so they seem caring.”

Birbiglia responded: “That makes a lot of sense and is insane.”

Film Arcade released “Don’t Think Twice,” which currently has a 100% fresh rating on »

- Dave McNary

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Ice Age: Collision Course movie review: where is a mass extinction when you need one?

18 July 2016 6:37 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The Ice Age flicks are the cinematic equivalent of drive-through nuggets of reconstituted chicken slurry served by a bored teenager in a cardboard hat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): really hate this series

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Manny the Mammoth is back! In this Very Special Episode of Ice Age, Manny gets exasperated by the fact that his wife, Ellie, and daughter, Peaches, are independent creatures with minds of their own: “Women! I don’t get ’em!” he exclaims [insert laugh-track clip of a 1967 studio audience roaring]. Watch what happens when Manny forgets his wedding anniversary — he’s gonna be in trouble with the missus! [studio audience groans dramatically] And then there’s Peaches’ upcoming wedding to loveable doofus Julian. [studio audience: “awwwww!”] Is it the end of Manny’s world now that his little girl is officially all grown up? It just might be… what with that massive asteroid heading straight for planet Earth! »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New 'Ghostbusters' trailer showcases more ghosts and more Chris Hemsworth

7 June 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I love this trailer if for no other reason than the way the announcer yells “Ghostbusters!” at the end of it. If you don’t plan to see Ghostbusters, that’s fine. But let’s be clear: I don’t care what you have to say if you simply choose not to see it. Your opinion stops there. You can decide not to see it for any reason you like, and you can feel free to keep it to yourself, because it makes absolutely no difference at this point. Things have been so hostile and ugly around this film so far that I feel like it’s pointless to try to convince anyone of anything. I know what I’ve seen and read, and when people try to convince me that there’s no anti-woman sentiment behind any of the backlash against the film, I just shut the conversation down. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Cinemascore and exit polling in Hollywood: what is it?

9 May 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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If a film gets a Cinemascore of B or C, it's often classed as a disappointment. But what is a Cinemascore?

The process of marketing a movie is now an operation that lasts many months across all sorts of media, from bus stop posters to social media campaigns, all in pursuit of making sure the movie makes an impact in its opening weekend. Tracking and analytics can give an indication of how audiences are responding before the movie even hits cinemas, but it's only in that opening weekend, once they've actually seen the movie, that you can get a more accurate read on public opinion.

Box office aside, one way in which Hollywood's studios reads public response after release is Cinemascore, the Las Vegas-based market research firm which conducts nationwide exit polls. Billed as “Hollywood's Benchmark”, the company's researchers gathers information from filmgoers and the results, expressed as letter grades, »

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Garry Shandling, 'Larry Sanders Show' Star, Dies at 66

24 March 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Garry Shandling, the influential stand-up comedian and star of "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 66.

TMZ was the first to report the news on Thursday afternoon, writing that Shandling was rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital earlier that day, where he later died. The cause was an apparent massive heart attack, according to the site, though Shandling's representatives have yet to confirm that report.

Shandling broke new comedy ground with his 1980s series "It's Garry Shandling's Show," which frequently broke the fourth wall and inspired the irreverent style of other, later series, including "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He followed that up with another influential comedy, "The Larry Sanders Show," which spoofed the behind-the-scenes workings of a late-night talk show, and earned him much critical acclaim, including multiple Emmy nominations for acting, and one win for writing.

The comedian cut his teeth in television writing for »

- Katie Roberts

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Garry Shandling, 'Larry Sanders Show' Star, Dies at 66

24 March 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Garry Shandling, the influential stand-up comedian and star of "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 66.

TMZ was the first to report the news on Thursday afternoon, writing that Shandling was rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital earlier that day, where he later died. The cause was an apparent massive heart attack, according to the site, though Shandling's representatives have yet to confirm that report.

Shandling broke new comedy ground with his 1980s series "It's Garry Shandling's Show," which frequently broke the fourth wall and inspired the irreverent style of other, later series, including "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He followed that up with another influential comedy, "The Larry Sanders Show," which spoofed the behind-the-scenes workings of a late-night talk show, and earned him much critical acclaim, including multiple Emmy nominations for acting, and one win for writing.

The comedian cut his teeth in television writing for »

- Katie Roberts

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Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents gets a hilarious first trailer

23 March 2016 1:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first official trailer for Special Correspondents, an upcoming Netflix original comedy written and directed by Ricky Gervais, has been released. Gervais also stars in the film as a struggling radio journalist, who fakes “frontline war reports from a NYC hideout” alongside Eric Bana’s hapless technician. Watch the hilarious trailer below…

While Gervais is a well-known and highly respected comedian/comedic actor, Bana, too, is no stranger to making people laugh, despite landing dramatic work more often. At the start of his career, the actor appeared on an Australian sketch comedy show entitled Full Frontal, which essentially launched his career; additionally, he had a small role in 2009’s Funny People and stole nearly every scene he was in.

Later this year, Gervais’s The Office spinoff film, David Brent: Life on the Road, will be released as well. Check out new posters from the film here.

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- Justin Cook

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Slimer Returns in Over 80 'Ghostbusters' Trailer Photos

3 March 2016 12:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, Sony Pictures and director Paul Feig finally unveiled their Ghostbusters trailer. The upcoming summer comedy reimagines the 1984 classic for a new generation, introducing a whole new team of spirit hunting warriors. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon get a lot of laughs in this first look footage. But perhaps the coolest things on display are all the ghosts, which certainly pay homage to the iconic original. Among these haints is a very familiar face. Yes, Slimer is back. But he's not the only cool Easter egg to find if you hunt hard enough.

We've collected over 80 images from the trailer, for you to wade through at your leisure. They not only give us a better look at Slimer, you can better spot some of the Easter eggs that the director has so lovingly hidden for your further amusement, including a nod to Dr. Egon Spengler's Big Twinkie line. »

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Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island Film Titled ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’

29 February 2016 10:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures has titled its Lonely Island comedy “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”

The film stars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Samberg portrays singer/rapper Conner4Real, who  faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops. Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph also star.

The movie is co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone with Judd Apatow on board to produce with Rodney Rothman, Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer. It hits theaters on June 3.

The Lonely Island appeared on “Saturday Night Live” from 2005 to 2011, when Samberg was a cast member and Taccone and Schaffer were writers. They are best known for producing the music videos “Lazy Sunday,” “Dick in a Box,” “Jizz in My Pants,” “Like a Boss” and “I’m on a Boat.”

The Lonely Island also released the 2009 album “Incredibad” and 2011’s “Turtleneck & Chain,” with songs from “SNL” such as “I Just Had Sex” featuring Akon, “The »

- Dave McNary

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Love Season 1 Review

17 February 2016 10:38 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

All episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Of all the critiques one could level at Judd Apatow, a particularly commonplace complaint is that the guy just doesn’t know when to cut. From his directorial ventures (especially Funny People and This is 40) to projects that merely bear his mark (like The Five-Year Engagement and Get Him to the Greek), Apatow joints are near-chronically overlong and digressive.

At this point, he’s no doubt aware of such criticism. And with the unveiling of Love, a 10-episode Netflix series that he both created (alongside Girls‘ Lesley Arfin and star Paul Rust) and exec-produced (with Arfin, Rust, Dean Holland, and Brent Forrester), it appears that his response to it is of the middle-finger-salute variety.

With episode lengths ranging from 30 minutes to more than 45 (in the unfortunately exhausting pilot), and a full season to just begin telling the story of how two people »

- Isaac Feldberg

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25 movie trailers that gave away way too much

27 January 2016 5:31 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Terminator films and Jurassic World through to trailers with the ending in them...

One of the trailers for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest to ignite grumbles about just how much is given away in promos for movies.

This list looks at 25 films where the trailer has given away more than it really should in its promos - and it goes without saying that spoilers lie ahead for each of the movies. Don't read or click on individual entries of films you've not seen if you don't want to be spoiler sullied!

25. Jurassic World

Director Colin Trevorrow was amongst those who expressed disappointment at this one particular promo for Jurassic World. In it, we see Chris Pratt riding on his motorbike, alongside velcoraptors that surprisingly don't appear to be eating him. Presented out of context, the scene just looked a little daft. But »

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2016 Sundance Trading Card Series: #8. Camille Rutherford (Jacqueline Argentine)

26 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2015 discoveries”.

This year I discovered Extras, the series Ricky Gervais did after The Office. It’s so funny. This guy is insane. I want his talent and his brain.

I go the cinema all the time, I think one movie that really impressed me was Foxcatcher. The script is incredible, the ideas, the atmosphere.

I want to buy the dvd. The last thing that comes to mind right now is David Bowie. All his songs. I can’t stop listening to him. Ashes to ashes. Heroes. Woew. He was wonderful. I also can’t stop listening to a Pink Floyd song at the moment, Paintbox. I love the melody. I want it in my next short film but I’ll never have the money for it. It must be so expensive to have Pink Floyd in a movie. Oh, I must say »

- Eric Lavallee

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Judd Apatow Heads To Netflix With T.V. Show Love

18 January 2016 7:18 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

While, whenever someone brings up Netflix, talk invariably turns to House of Cards and Making a Murderer, lets not forget that the streaming service has some amazing comedy shows under their belt, namely The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and Master of None. Now, one of the biggest guns in modern comedy, Judd Apatow, is trying his hand at binge ready t.v. with Love, a ten episode series which chronicles the lives of Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickie (Gillian Jacobs) as they embark on relationship together, something they were both looking to avoid. Created, written, and executive produced by Apatow, Rust, and Brooklyn 99’s Lesley Arfin, Love looks to deliver on the promise of Netflix’s other half hour comedies and carries with it the charm and humour we’ve come to expect from the man who brought us The 40 Year Old Virgin, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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ComicMix Six: Box Office Democracy’s Bottom 6 Movies of 2015

13 January 2016 3:03 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As much as I loved my top 6 movies, I loathe these movies. The competition for worst movie of 2015 was so fierce I had to leave off The Last Witch Hunter, a movie so bad it made me dislike Vin Diesel, Hollywood’s most perfect man. That said, none of these movie are even close to as bad as that wretched animated Oz sequel from 2014, I won’t even name that movie for fear that the parade of angry Kickstarter backers will find me again.  

Fantastic Four – There are a lot of good reasons to make a movie that costs $120 million but it’s quite apparent that spite isn’t one of them. Fantastic Four is a movie that only exists so Fox retains the rights to the franchise presumably so they can sell them back to Marvel for some insane price, because they clearly have no interest in making a good movie. »

- Arthur Tebbel

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